At the beginning of the twentieth century it was the domination of shipping routes to and from America that was the golden prize.

Here’s the fascinating story of how each company positioned itself in the size of liners, the luxurious environments with posters, art, ephemera and the stark economics of luxury liner travel either side of the Great War. The breathtaking interiors as portrayed in the Shipbuilder special supplements of the day. The reasons for the tragedy of both the Lusitania and Titanic. Was it just plain sailing on the Atlantic?

As an Arts Society lecturer, Howard Smith’s lectures are known for stunning graphics.This lecture is no exception and also has vintage film of RMS Olympic with the building and launch as well as a glimpse of the First Class dining experience - these were floating luxury hotels for the seriously rich.

...the big ship sails on the ally-ally-oh...